Whiteaker Middle School’s eighth-grade leadership class, led by teacher Amber Sweeney, was honored by Principal Suzanne Leonard at the April 12, 2022, school board meeting.
Here are some examples of the work these leadership students do for their school and community.
Act as peer helpers
Leadership students help students new to Whiteaker by giving them tours of the building and helping them find their classes. They also help other students go from class to class when special needs arise.
Pay It Forward Project
Students work in groups to promote kindness. This includes creating posters displayed throughout the school and videos with positive messages shown in the school.
Encourage student athletes
Leadership students create individual posters for each of our athletes in every sport throughout the year, to cheer them on during the sports season.
Wolverine Kindness Challenge
Our students came up with individual and class kindness challenges where acts of kindness are recognized and rewarded.
Here are examples of the work these students do in the community.
In November 2021, students hosted two food drives to help Dayspring Fellowship fill Thanksgiving boxes for 200 Salem-Keizer families. In total, almost 4,000 pounds of food was given to families that needed a hand.
In December 2021, Whiteaker’s Dollar Challenge helped Whiteaker area students to have a better holiday season by collecting donations, working in cooperation with the Keizer Network of Women to buy gifts and necessities for students in need.
Whiteaker is so proud of the work Amber and her leadership students do throughout the school year to support the school and community. They demonstrate values of kindness and giving that are hallmarks of true leadership.